If You Slip and Fall, Call a Lawyer
Compensation for slip and fall injuries costs more than $70 billion per year. The percentage of slip/fall accidents dramatically rises with age and occupation, though other risk factors exist that can put a serious stop on your life.
If you’ve been in a slip and fall accident, you’ll likely be facing medical expenses and time away from work. To make up for these hardships, the St. Louis slip and fall lawyers at the Dixon Injury Firm are here to provide experienced legal representation to slip and fall victims and their families.
Common Slip And Fall Injuries
Slip and fall cases can lead to a number of injuries. Below, we list some of the most common injuries in slip and fall injury claims.
If you are injured from a slip or a fall, it is crucial to contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. The faster you start the process, the faster you can win compensation for medical expenses, lost time at work, and other financial hardships.
Proving Fault in Slip and Fall Accidents
As with other premises liability cases, an important factor is proving negligence to determine who’s at fault. In slip and fall accidents, the property or business owner usually isn’t at fault as long as they made slipping, falling, or tripping “unlikely” to happen. If there are puddles, uneven walkways, or other obstacles that the owner was aware of and was negligent by not addressing the problem with signs or repairs, they are likely at fault. However, a victim may have been careless. Texting, running down steep steps, or knowingly entering dangerous premises may flip the blame. Ice, snow, and poor lighting are other factors to consider.
In order to establish the fact that a property owner is negligent, a slip and fall lawyer needs to establish at least one of the following points:
- The property owner caused the dangerous condition or hazard
- The owner knew about the dangerous condition (uneven floors, holes, etc.) and failed to repair it
- The hazard has been around for a long time and the possessor/owner should have corrected it
In this type of premises liability case, there has to be a responsible party that caused the injury (i.e. can be proven to have been negligent). Accidents caused by carelessness don’t make good personal injury cases, but it is important to reach out and contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible if you think you are a victim of negligence.
Regarding landlords, there’s little a tenant can do if they are injured in a slip and fall unless the landlord proves to be negligent to a known or obvious danger. Proving a landlord’s failure to take reasonable precautions is how you win residential slip and fall cases.
Slip and Fall Cases on Commercial Property
It’s important to note that slips and falls on commercial property are different than, say, tripping over a neighbor’s garden hose. A restaurant, business, or store owner usually has to know about a spill or dangerous walkway. If you were to submit a slip and fall claim, your lawyer would look for negligence such as the owner knowing about a dangerous area and doing nothing about it. Another way to look at it is if the hazard would be taken care of or cleaned up by a “reasonable” business owner or employee.
Contact a Slip and Fall Injury Lawyer Today
The Dixon Injury Firm specializes in personal injury cases. Whether you’ve been in a car accident, have a workers compensation case, or have suffered from a slip and fall injury in St. Louis, call a lawyer at Dixon today for a free consultation and case review.